TV News Vet Jumps Networks

NEW YORK – Veteran television executive Rick Kaplan, most recently Katie Couric’s producer at CBS, is returning to ABC to run “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood said Thursday that Kaplan will also oversee 2012 political coverage.

“This Week” will remain Washington-based, with Kaplan splitting time between New York and Washington. The Sunday public affairs program’s most recent executive producer, Ian Cameron, left at the end of last year and a succession of fill-in producers have worked at the show since.

Kaplan said this week he was leaving the “CBS Evening News,” where he’s been since 2007. Couric has been talking about a job at ABC News, too, but nothing has been set.

Kaplan has previously worked at ABC. He also had stints at CNN and MSNBC.

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